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Former PM of Japan Shinzo Abe shot in chest, attacker in custody

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Local media reported that former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was showing no significant symptoms after he was reportedly shot at an campaign event in the Nara region on Friday. According to Japanese public broadcaster, Abe was seen bleeding and the reporter present at the site “heard something that sounded like a gunshot.”

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Neither the local police nor the LDP were able to immediately confirm the reports. “A local fire department says former prime minister Abe appears to be in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest,” public broadcaster said, a term used in Japan indicating no vital signs, and generally preceding a formal certification of death by a coroner.

According to the report, Abe was attacked by a man from behind while he was making a stump speech on a street in Nara on Friday.National broadcaster NHK said a man in his 40s had been arrested for attempted murder and are questioning him and a gun had been confiscated from him, citing police sources.

According to the report a young woman at the scene told that the “first shot sounded like a toy” but Abe “didn’t fall and there was a large bang,” reported. The witness added that the “second shot was more visible, you could see the spark and smoke. “After the second shot, people surrounded him and gave him cardiac massage,” he added.

Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Abe held office for a year in 2006 and again from 2012 to 2020, when he was forced to step down due to the debilitating bowel condition ulcerative colitis.

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